Online Safety: Think Beyond Real-Time
I’m a big movie buff, as well as an always-connected junkie. And that’s why in this week’s tech news two Facebook-related items caught my eye: the buzz around the October 1 release of “The Social Network, a movie reportedly based on Facebook; and Facebook’s launch of Places, a mobile social networking app that broadcasts where you’re at in real time. I think the takeaway for both news items here is whoever and wherever you are, you need to think beyond the moment—and if you’re a parent, that’s especially true.
As for the movie, well, I think it’ll have to be one of those guilty little pleasures that I indulge in even if we already know how the story line will unfold. But given the not infrequent concerns that arise over privacy policies it’ll be interesting to see how well things are handled with Places and other location based services. As an active user of social media, I’m careful, not just for my sake, but for my children’s as well. Online security is a constantly evolving landscape and we need to be more proactive.
And speaking of being proactive about online security, this week, in honor of kids going back to school, We TV will broadcast a special program, Back to School with Carolyn Kepcher (for those unfamiliar with Ms. Kepcher, she was one of Donald Trump’s key execs in the first season of The Apprentice). On the show, Carolyn and I will discuss how to keep kids safe online. This is especially important given that in today’s borderless environment, the array of ways to access the internet go well beyond computers.
For those of you who are early birds, I encourage you to tune in to WeTV at 7am, Saturday, 8/28. And, if you’re unable to catch this first airing, here’s the full lineup of channels and times for the coming weeks:
We TV — Saturday — 8/28 — 7:00AM EDT/PDT
Lifetime TV — Saturday — 9/4 — 9:00AM EDT/PDT
Fox Business — Saturday — 9/4 — 5:00PM EDT
Lifetime TV — Sunday — 9/5 — 9:00AM EDT/PDT
WGN Superstation — Sunday — 9/5 — 9:00AM EDT
WOGX Orlando Saturday 8/28 9:30AM EDT
WPXD Detroit Monday 8/30 10:00AM EDT
WPPX Philly Monday 8/30 11:30AM EDT
KPXB Houston Monday 8/30 8:00AM CDT
WCPX Chicago Tuesday 8/31 9:30AM CDT
KPXB Houston Tuesday 8/31 10:00AM CDT
WBPX Boston Wednesday 9/1 10:30AM EDT
WPXA Atlanta Wednesday 9/1 9:30AM EDT
WQPX Scranton Wednesday 9/1 10:30AM EDT
KKPX San Fran Thursday 9/2 11:00AM PDT
WPXQ Providence Friday 9/3 11:00AM EDT
WMBC NY, NY Friday 9/3 9:00AM EDT
WBPX Boston Friday 9/3 8:30AM EDT
If you have thoughts around my television segment, location based social media services, or the upcoming movie, please tell me what you think.